Every year, the Parent Association (PA) reviews and re-shares this information to help navigate Aidan Montessori School. We hope this is helpful, particularly for our new families. Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!
Aidan Program for Families (APF)
A variety of programs to give parents and caregivers a chance to discuss parenting issues, learn about the Montessori method, and ultimately how to incorporate the Montessori methodology into your family life so that your child is in a seamless environment. Programs include: Nurturing Your Child's Emotional Health, Montessori Parent Nights, EPIC and more.
Aidan Fund, The
An annual effort where all members of the Aidan Community are invited to donate to the School's Direct Giving Campaign. This is separate and distinct from the Auction to Fund Students. Proceeds from the Aidan Fund help fill the gap between tuition income and the actual cost of an Aidan education. We strive for 100% participation from parents and significant participation from our other constituent groups. You will receive more information about this important effort this fall.
Auction to Fund Students
An incredibly fun and festive social evening for parents that raises crucial funds for Aidan's financial aid program. Your support and participation are critical to helping us maintain this tradition. There are several opportunities to get involved by donating an item to be auctioned off, soliciting local businesses for support, and helping promote the event among the larger school community.
Come learn about your child's classroom schedule, curriculum and procedures from his or her teacher. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the particulars of how your child's class operates.
Book Fair at Politics and Prose
Each fall, the Book Fair is a wonderful opportunity to add to your personal library, shop for early holiday gifts, support the school's library, and contribute to a local organization serving homeless children. A percentage of whatever you spend during the event is donated back to Aidan. While this year’s Book Fair will look different, we promise the event will still be a wonderful way to connect as a community.
Spend an evening with other Aidan parents, getting to know others in your child's class. While these won't be in person to start, we are studying ways to give us a chance to be together.
All Aidan parents, children, faculty and staff are invited to watch the oldest Upper Elementary students graduate and celebrate their accomplishments. All Upper and Lower Elementary students participate by acting as marshals and ushers, and by singing in the chorus. Come see the amazingly poised and talented graduates that our children become after 10 years at Aidan!
Service to others is an important part of the Montessori philosophy and is incorporated into the classroom curriculum. There is also a Community Service Committee, led by the PA, that provides multiple opportunities for Aidan families to get involved in public service and charitable projects throughout the year to benefit local and international organizations. The Committee meets regularly; please come share your ideas and volunteer to coordinate a project!
EPIC (Elementary Parent Information Classes)
Part of the APF event line up, EPIC is geared primarily toward Elementary families. Learn more about the second plane child and gain insights to Aidan's Elementary program through these monthly meetings.
Evening of the Arts
Every spring the halls of the school are transformed into a colorful gallery of student art! Bring your whole family (grandparents, too!) to walk the halls of Aidan Montessori School and view your child's art on display. Parent volunteers are needed to help mat and hang student art in the lobby. It's a fun way to make use of your creative skills and get to know fellow parents, students and staff.
JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity) Committee
The JEDI Committee is a parent-led group designed to support and foster a dialogue among fellow Aidan families and faculty. The JEDI host events and workshops throughout the year.
This refers to the Toddler (18 mos. to 3 years) and Primary (3 to 6 years) levels at Aidan. There are two Toddlers classes at Aidan, Sassafras and Mountain Silverbell. There are four Primary classes; Dogwood, Mulberry, Persimmon and Redbud.
Aidan's health portal and app used for uploading students forms and daily COVID-19 screenings.
Each spring, the Lower and Upper Elementary students put on a wonderful performance for family, friends and the community. All Aidan families are invited to attend, and its great fun for younger students to see their older schoolmates on stage!
Parent Association Meetings
While the first few meetings of the PA this year will look different, the goal is still the same. Every other month, parents have the opportunity to gather together to hear a brief update on upcoming events and a variety of speakers from the Aidan community.
These fellow parents are a great resource for any questions you may have about things specific to your child's class. They will also be in touch with you throughout the year to share information about upcoming class-wide and/or school-wide events, how you can get involved, things you won't want to miss, etc. Be on the lookout for communications regarding the virtual class socials, which are the first social events of the fall season.
Special Persons' and Grandparents' Day
Most schools refer to this as "Grandparents Day," but any special person in your child's life is welcome to attend. Visitors congregate for refreshments and a welcome by Head of School in the church basement across the street until it is their turn to visit the classroom. Parent volunteers are needed to check in visitors and help them find their way from the church to the classrooms.
A family-friendly and super-fun final event of the school year! Held at Aidan, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Parent volunteers are always needed to help before, during and after the event.
This refers to the Lower Elementary (1st to 3rd grade) and Upper Elementary (4th to 6th grade). There are two Lower Elementary classes, Magnolia and Red Oak, and one Upper Elementary class, Sweet Gum.